This Day in Music History: September 26th
1999: Deep Purple played at London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
1997: Bryan Adams taped his appearance on MTV Unplugged at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The concert featured students from the Juilliard School being conducted by Michael Kamen.
1995: AC/DC released their twelfth international studio album Ballbreaker which was their first album with drummer Phil Rudd since 1983’s Flick of the Switch. The album went on to peak at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell two million copies in the U.S.
1991: The original lineup of Jane’s Addiction performed their farewell concert at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, HI. There would go on to be multiple Jane’s Addiction reunions in 1997, 2001 and 2003, but the original lineup didn’t reunite until April of 2008.
1991: Southside Johnny filmed his music video for “It’s been a Long Time” with 500 fans and friends in attendance at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. The video featured appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Van Zandt, who ended up jamming together onstage for over an hour.
1989: Paul McCartney kicked off his first world tour in ten years at the Drammenshallen in Drammen, Norway. Throughout this tour, McCartney performed several Lennon/McCartney songs live for the first time
1987: The Grateful Dead peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Touch of Grey” which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.
1981: Bruce Dickinson replaced Paul Di’Anno as the singer for Iron Maiden. Dickinson would leave the band in 1993 and rejoin in 1999.
1970: Free’s third studio album Fire and Water entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart where it eventually peaked at number seventeen.
Bryan Ferry-singer for Roxy Music born in 1945
Craig Chaquico-guitarist for Jefferson Starship born in 1954
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